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Taliban gunmen, disguised in burqas, attack in Pakistan

Taliban gunmen, disguised in burqas, have opened fire on the campus of the Agriculture University of Peshawar, Pakistan. At least nine people were killed and dozens injured, medics say.

Gunfire and blasts can be heard from inside the university, local Geo TV reported.

One student told Geo TV that he saw two people injured in the attack. “We took them out with us and admitted them to the hospital,” Ariful Haq said.

Pakistani security forces were exchanging fire with the attackers in the building, Tahir Khan, Peshawar police chief said, as cited by Reuters. “Police and army commandos have cordoned off the campus. A blast was also just heard from the campus,” he said.

Police and army troops later killed all of the attackers who stormed the campus, the military’s press service said, as cited by Reuters. rt.com

Gunmen kill intelligence officer at Islamabad Shi’ite mosque

Pakistan PM demands end to US drone strikes

Pakistan’s new prime minister has called on the US to end its campaign of drone attacks in the country in his first address since returning to office. Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted in a military coup in 1999, is due to be sworn in by the president after a parliamentary vote saw him elected for a third time. US drone strikes in the country’s tribal northwest were among the issues he chose to tackle on his first day in charge. “We respect the sovereignty of others and they should also respect our sovereignty and independence,” he warned. “This campaign should come to an end.” sky.com

Malala tells Obama: ‘End the drone strikes’

Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yusufzai has told the US President that
drone strikes in her country are “fuelling terrorism”.

The 16-year-old schoolgirl, who was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunmen who attacked her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, met Barack Obama and the First Lady in the White House.

“I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees,” she said after the meeting.

“I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fuelling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people.

“If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.”

The US military and the CIA have carried out hundreds of drone strikes against militant groups in the northwest Pakistan since 2004.

But the Pakistani government complains that they also frequently kill civilians and turn ordinary people against Islamabad and the US.

Malala attracted the anger of the Taliban by writing a blog chronicling the challenges of daily life under the Islamists.

Read more: news.sky.com

Pakistan Taliban commander ‘seized in US operation’

Pakistani’s distrust of the Malala story goes mainstream

The Pakistani people have a lot of reason to distrust the “LOVE Malala!” story many of which I have covered here on American Everyman since the whole thing began.

For awhile I was getting a lot of traffic from Pakistan. People were coming here thanking me for covering it the way I did and telling me many Pakistani people were having a hard time buying into it all. That is, they were till the Pakistani government blocked my website nationwide.

But while the empty noggins over at the Daily Show oooo and aaaaa over the performance she and Jon gave the other night, the people of Pakistan know something is amiss in the story and they rightly suspect it was fabricated to serve a purpose.

“For many of her compatriots, Malala Yousafzai is a stooge of the United States and a CIA agent, a symbol of the West’s evils and a global conspiracy to bring down her native Pakistan.”

“Social media sites are brimming with insulting messages. “We hate Malala Yousafzai, a CIA agent,” says one Facebook page.” Reuters

The government of Pakistan, not really a favorite of the U.S., cut a deal with the Taliban to allow them to control the SWAT valley a while ago. Certain “business minded” individuals didn’t like that arraignment and so they got the military to forge their own little war on the Taliban back then. The for profit school Malala’s daddy ran, was actually ransacked by the Pakistani military who destroyed a lot of schools back then during the fighting to retake SWAT.

Reuters gets part of the story correct:

“The picturesque valley was overran by the Taliban, who imposed strict Islamic laws and kept its people in fear, in 2007. It is now controlled by the Pakistani army. Mingora, a dusty town of windy roads surrounded by jagged hills, is festooned with billboards reading “Long live the Pakistan Army!” Reuters

The fact is, many Pakistanis would rather live under the rule of the Taliban than the corrupt brutal Pakistani military and with good reason.

The ISI, Pakistan’s CIA, is practically owned by MI6 and the CIA. Their brutality is legendary.

Little Malala can’t go back to Pakistan. She’s unwelcome there. Even in her old school, far from the Taliban, they rarely mention her name. And that is because many Pakistanis know she is just a tool of our imperialist agenda in their country. While little American girls practically play with Malala dolls or write stories for competitions about how the STORY of Malala changed their lives, little girls in Pakistan know the truth is something very different for them.

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